Hello, I've just joined this list and a couple of others in the area. My
name is Michel and am presently in S. Africa (I'm from N. America
originally). Being in S. Africa, I didn't have internet for about 5 years
but this year that has been rectified.
My great-grandfather was from Taunton, Somerset, from the Badcock and
Metford families (Ellis families came from Devon). I have a tremendous
amount on the Metfords (most were Quaker) and I've been able to trace back
to the 17th century on many lines. I've come to Taunton (and Devon) on two
occasions in the 90s with my mother to look at old family homes in Taunton
(Flook, Fons George and The Elms) as well as the Anderdon family in
Ruishton. Also travelled to Street in Somerset and didn't quite make it to
Uffculme in Devon (but we tried). But did get to Bath. If you find any
METFORD he or she is probably related, but if you come across one in your
files, let me know. I've been researching off and on since 1978 (I started
when I was 14).
From what I could tell, my people were involved in malt making, the clothing
industry and have left a pretty good trail of land records.
The rest of the families are as follows:
Ellis and Ellis alias Salter of Uffculme and Burlescombe, DEV
Metford of Taunton and Glastonbury, SOM
Anderdon of Bath and Ruishton (Henlade House), SOM
Badcock of Bampton, DEV, later Taunton, SOM (the Bankers)
Hulet, Hulett, Hewlett and Hewlett of Street, SOM
Parker of Bampton, DEV
Prockter alias Mathew and Mathewe alias Prockter of Ruishton, SOM
Mabson of Glaston, SOM
Dinham of Taunton, SOM (allied)
Button of Taunton, SOM (allied)
I have other allied families (like Wright and Mallet/Mallett), but others
are not my research (Clothier, Clarke, Rawes). I am grateful to Jonathan
Hepworth over the years for the latter.
I have Will extracts from Metford and Ellis I will share if anyone is
interested. I would also like to trace back further and sort out my strays
(don't we all!).
PS, I am in digest mode